Planning tip Tuesday: First Look Alternatives

Are you a bride who does not want to do a first look but still wants to be able to share an intimate moment with your soon to be husband?  Here are some ideas you and your significant other can do prior to the ceremony to make your walk down the aisle even more meaningful!  These ideas will allow you to make contact with each other without being seen and also provides for even more photo opportunities! 

  1.  Take a moment to say a prayer or have a quick conversation behind a door or around a corner.

2. Write each other notes to read before walking down the aisle.

   Photo credit:

Aaron + Jillian Photography

    3.  Wear a blindfold - this way you can get as close as possible, still without even seeing each other!

     4.  If you're a musical couple, you can sing or play a song together on opposite ends of a doorway

 Its all about what works best for you as a couple, and these first look alternatives are a perfect way to save the first look for when the bride walks down the aisle!

Planning Tip Tuesday: Best Charleston Engagement Photo Spots

When it comes to Charleston, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery, so sometimes it can be difficult to choose a location for your Charleston engagement photos. Whether looking for gorgeous waterfront venues, or historic homes, there are tons of options to choose from, so we've complied a list of our top 5.

Downtown Charleston

Cobblestone streets, palm trees and colorful homes, you can't beat the gorgeous scenery of downtown Charleston. After all, you chose this beautiful city as a destination wedding location for a reason, right? Show it off to your guests in your engagement pictures!

Photography by: Monika Gauthier

Edisto

Another one of South Carolina's beautiful islands, Edisto will not disappoint. With beautiful marshes and huge driftwood on the beach, you'll definitely fall in love all over again (and again).

Photography By: Hyer Images

Boone Hall Plantation

Boone Hall is gorgeous. But if you've seen The Notebook, you already know that. We love engagement sessions at Boone Hall because of its simple, southern elegance.

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Photography By: Dana Cubbage

Lowndes Grove Plantation

If you're in Charleston, visiting a plantation is a MUST, and Lowndes Grove is no exception. This beautiful historic house with a stunning waterfront view is the perfect scene for an engagement session.

Photography By: Dana Cubbage

Folly Beach

Folly Beach might not come to mind when you are thinking about engagement session in Charleston, but it will surely change your mind. We love these dreamy engagement pictures because of the calm, nautical feel they bring!

Photography By: Dana Cubbage

Boone Hall Wedding at The Cotton Dock: Megan + Blake

We still can't get enough of Megan + Blake's rustic chic Boone Hall Wedding at the Cotton Dock! This wedding was full of thoughtful details that made for a beautiful night to remember! The day began with hair and makeup for Megan and the girls by Paper Dolls on Isle of Palms, while Blake and the boys suited up at Wild Dunes. Everyone met at Boone Hall Plantation for the bride + groom's long-awaited first look! With the combination of this couple's style + the natural beauty of the plantation grounds, these pictures came out utterly perfect. When it came time for the ceremony, dark skies were on the horizon, but Pure Luxe Bride quickly rocked the rain plan and held a standing ceremony for guests on the dock under the overhang. Wine barrel cocktail tables served as impromptu aisle markers and the lounge furniture was used to seat the immediate family of the bride + groom. The bride was a vision of elegance as she walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of "Something in the Way She Moves" by James Taylor. Her organic bouquet by Branch was blooming with white astilbe, white ranunculus, white sweet peas, dusty miller leaves, Queen Anne's lace, pale yellow poppies, soft blush ranunculus, and more, tied together with an ivory lace ribbon. Megan also wore a flower crown with loose stems of baby's breath, spirea, and white majolica spray roses. Post-nuptials, cocktail hour kicked off with the wedding's signature drink, local Firefly sweet tea vodka + lemonade in a mason jar, and passed hors d'oeuvres by Cru Catering. Guests then made their way to their seats at dark-wood farm tables decorated with white lace runners, wooden boxes filled with a spilling arrangement of soft yellow ranunculus, white lilac, apricot parrot tulips, and more, vintage blue mason jars filled with candles, and milk glass bud vases with peachy blush sweet peas. Vintage books with hand-painted gold numbers served as the table markers and mahogany stained wooden wine crates filled with sheet moss and queen annes lace housed the guest's place cards. A mouth-watering plated dinner was served to guests while Megan's matron of honor gave a heartfelt speech to the newlyweds. After dinner, it was time to cut the three-tiered cake by Sablee made up of champagne cake with wild strawberry and champagne filling, coconut cake with coconut cream filling, and vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream filling. Guests enjoyed cake and mingling while dancing to the sounds of Epic Charleston all night long! A few of our other favorite details from this elegant reception included the chandelier above the dance floor covered in a lush, organic arrangement of flowers and the vintage, distressed mirrors hanging on one of the back walls. As the night came to an end, the new Mr. + Mrs. danced to "Is This Love" by Bob Marley before happily departing through a sparkler archway! Thanks so much to Hyer Images for capturing this gorgeous wedding!

 

 Thank you to the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planner/Draping | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | Boone Hall Cotton Dock

Catering/Bar | Cru Catering

Cake | Sablee

Florist | Branch

Rentals | Event Works

Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo

Reception Music | Epic Charleston

Photographer | Hyer Images

Officiant | Kevin Kuehmeier

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

Bride + Groom Transportation | Lowcountry Valet

Boone Hall Plantation Wedding: Liz + Greg

The rain did not stop Liz + Greg's wedding at Boone Hall Plantation from being anything short of perfect. The bright and cheery-colored flowers throughout the Cotton Dock gave an extra pop of color to this rustic space. Two mason jar chandeliers hung between the main doorways and were complimented by gorgeous light pink and yellow peonies along with candles to complete this southern romantic look. Liz + Greg's head table was lined with a detailed floral runner, along with cotton strings draped along the wall behind them.

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The bride + groom began their festivities by having their "first look" beneath a tall, Southern Oak. Despite the heat, the guests arrived to Boone Hall and were greeted with adorably petite paper fans as they took their seats for the ceremony overlooking the water. liz greg boone hall wedding web -0378Liz PRebish and Greg Zinsmeister's wedding at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.comliz greg boone hall wedding web -0081Liz PRebish and Greg Zinsmeister's wedding at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.comLiz PRebish and Greg Zinsmeister's wedding at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Pleasantly complimented by light yellow, pink, and warm gray accent pieces, Liz + Greg said their "I do's" on the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation, with an absolutely stunning marsh backdrop.

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Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a fabulous cocktail hour in front of the classic home, which was accompanied by large Oaks and an array of flowers in bloom. Once Cocktail Hour was over, guests headed back to the Cotton Dock for dinner, where Liz + Greg were introduced for their first dance as husband and wife. The sweets table had everyone's mouth watering, complete with peach toppers on their cake and mini desserts by Wild Flour Pastry's.

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As the vintage limousine arrived to pick up Liz + Greg for the evening, their guests said goodbye with a fun-filled sparkler departure!

 

Thank you to all of the fabulous vendors who assisted in Liz + Greg's wedding!

Planning & Design | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony/Reception Venue | Boone Hall Plantation
Rentals | Event Works
Catering/Bar | Cru Catering
Florist | Branch
Photographer | Ameila + Dan Photography
Videographer | Life In Rewind
Ceremony Music | Entertainment Charleston-Duo
Reception Music | Dream House Productions
Hair and Makeup | Ash & Co.
Cake | D'lish
Lighting | Production Design Associates
Bridal Party Transportation | Charleston Style Limo
Officiant | Kevin Kuehmeier
Guest Transportation | Charleston Style Limo
Bug Spray | Carolina Exterminating
Other | All-Mist
Get-Away Vehicle | Vintage Limousines

 

Boone Hall Plantation Wedding: Sarah + Justin

We're in love with these gorgeous pictures captured by Reese Moore Photography from Sarah + Justin's Boone Hall Plantation wedding this past February!
 
The couple wed in a romantic ceremony held at the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church. Sarah walked down the aisle in a dazzling white, timeless gown, matched with effortlessly romantic hair and make-up by Posh Salon.
 
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After saying their I do's, the newlyweds joined their guests in a fabulous feast at the beautiful, rustic Boone Hall Plantation. The crowd celebrated with amazing tapas style comfort foods from B. Gourmet Catering and with 80's era tunes performed by the Suicide Blonde Band.
 
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Fun 80's themed details included glow-sticks, wayfarer style sunglasses, snap bracelets which reflected the relaxed and playful personalities of the duo perfectly. Eventhough the rain poured and the sun refused to shine, the smiles on the couples' faces were enough to light up the whole day!
 
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Pure Luxe Bride loved planning and designing this Boone Hall Plantation Wedding.